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  • Indians fall to Tigers 7-5 in sloppy game

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    DETROIT (AP) — Danny Salazar walked the leadoff man in the fifth inning — then let that small mistake turn into a much bigger problem. "I started thinking about everything. I was trying to figure out if my arm was in the right slot, or if I had changed my delivery somehow, and then I was just lost," the Cleveland right-hander said. "I was overthinking everything, and trying to make a perfect pitch. As soon as I started doing that, the ball was all over the place." Ian Kinsler homered off Salazar and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Indians on Thursday. Salazar was sharp until the fifth, when the Tigers scored four runs and chased him.


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    (MCT) McClatchy-Tribune News Service Sports Budget for Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated at 6 p.m. EDT. (2200 UTC) This budget is now available on MCT Direct at, with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget.

  • US goalie Howard commits to Everton 2 more years

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    LONDON (AP) — American goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Everton until 2018. Everton announced the deal on Thursday. The 35-year-old has been at Goodison Park since 2006 following stints with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (1998-03) and Manchester United (2003-07). Everton manager Roberto Martinez says "on top of his goalkeeping, it's his overall demeanor and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader.

  • Bobcats need to solve LeBron for first playoff win

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Bobcats will have to find a way to stop LeBron James if they hope to win their first playoff game in franchise history. That's something they've yet to figure out. Miami is 15-0 against the Bobcats since James signed with the Heat as a free agent in 2010. Charlotte, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, will play the second-seeded Heat in a best-of-seven series that begins Sunday in Miami. James is averaging a whopping 37.7 points per game in four outings against the Bobcats this season, buoyed by a career-high 61-point effort on March 3. Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker called James "one of the best players in the world" and said it will take a total team effort to shut

  • OKC Barons: Barons try to wrap up playoff berth Friday and Saturday

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Iowa is last in the Western Conference, but it will try and play the spoiler the next two days for Oklahoma City.

  • Dickey, Blue Jays get beat up by Gibson, Twins 7-0

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Control of his knuckleball was elusive for the Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey. Toronto wasn't much better in trying to hit against Kyle Gibson. Unfazed by the subfreezing temperature at first pitch, Gibson threw a career-high eight scoreless innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday that opened a day-night doubleheader. Gibson (3-0) took the mound for the coldest start for an outdoor game in Twins history, 31 degrees, and breezed through a Blue Jays lineup that totaled 20 runs in the previous two games. He walked one, struck out four and scattered four singles. Dickey (1-3) didn't come close to that kind of success. "I'm traditionally a slow starter so hopef

  • Tigers hold on for 7-5 win over Indians

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler's first few weeks with Detroit have been just what the Tigers were hoping for. Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Kinsler has settled into Detroit's leadoff spot nicely after the Tigers traded Prince Fielder for him in the offseason. He hit his second homer of the season — a three-run shot in the fifth inning — and raised his average to .327. "I'm playing ball, man — I love to play baseball," Kinsler said. "I'm enjoying myself. I would like to win some more games, but right now we're playing OK, and just waiting to erupt a little bit and run off a bunch of wins in a row.

  • Wyoming football to be on ESPN networks 5 times

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    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will be featured on five ESPN network telecasts during the 2014 college football season. The Mountain West Conference and its television partners, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, on Thursday released the entire planned national telecasts of Mountain West teams for the 2014 college football season. As part of that announcement, four more Wyoming football games were added to the ESPN networks telecast schedule for 2014. Games involving the Cowboys to be televised are: Sept. 6 home game against Air Force; Oct. 18 home game against San Jose State; Nov. 1 game at Fresno State; Nov. 7 home game against Utah State; and Nov. 22 home game against Boise State.

  • Arkansas hosts Vanderbilt in college baseball

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas is set to host Vanderbilt in a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series. The Razorbacks and Commodores will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Arkansas is 23-15 overall and 7-8 in the SEC while Vanderbilt is 28-10 on the season and is also 7-8 in conference play.

  • Janssen's return to Jays unclear; Reyes due soon

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rehabilitation assignment for Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has been halted because of lingering tightness in his lower back. Janssen has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He pitched for Class A Dunedin Tuesday, but according to manager John Gibbons he didn't feel better afterward and was told to take a few days off from throwing. Gibbons said before Thursday's doubleheader at Minnesota he didn't believe the right-hander had a setback. But the manager said Janssen has continued to experience discomfort. Sergio Santos has handled the ninth-inning role in Janssen's absence. Shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday at Cleveland.

  • Tuning in: Friday, April 18

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7:30 p.m., Oklahoma City at Colorado, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m., Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, WGN (Cox 2) 6 p.m., St. Louis at Washington, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Chi. White Sox at Texas, Cox 3/KTOK-AM 1000 NHL 6 p.m., Montreal at Tampa Bay, CNBC (Cox 41) 6:30 p.m., Detroit at Boston, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 p.m., Dallas at Anaheim, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBCSN (Cox 251) AHL 7 p.m., Iowa at Oklahoma City, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE BASEBALL 6 p.m., West Virginia at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., TCU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE

  • Jeff Brohm winding down 1st spring as WKU coach

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    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky's third straight spring with a different coach has at least included some familiarity. Rookie Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm hopes that knowledge of the team's personnel and his offensive expertise as the coordinator last season under Bobby Petrino helps WKU follow up an 8-4 finish with its second bowl bid in three years. Brohm replaced Petrino in January after Petrino returned to Louisville for a second stint as head coach. He retains a pass-oriented strategy as well as senior quarterback Brandon Doughty, continuity necessary for WKU's move from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA.

  • Bucks pack up, await future with new owners

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    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — One by one, the Milwaukee Bucks met with their coach one last time before packing up their belongings. With new ownership on the horizon, it is uncertain just how many of these guys will be back after a dreary 67-loss season. More change could be coming to Milwaukee. "There (are) definitely pieces here that we can build around, young talent," guard Brandon Knight said Wednesday at the team training facility just outside the city. "But like I said, the decisions that are made are out of our hands. We have little to no control over what is said in those rooms up here." Knight gestured toward the bank of windows overlooking the practice court, where coach Larry Drew and general manager John

  • Seattle 1B Choi banned 50 games for positive test

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The urine sample was collected from Choi before March 28, when Major League Baseball and the players' union increased the penalty for a first testing violation for PEDs to 80 games. MLB said Thursday that Choi tested positive for methandienone, a controlled substance popular with bodybuilders. The 22-year-old Choi was hitting .394 at Triple-A Tacoma with one homer and five RBIs. Choi became the third player suspended this year under the big league program following Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Rays pitcher Alex Colome.

  • Blazers survive adversity to surge into playoffs

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break. The low point came on March 25 when the Blazers fell 95-85 at Orlando. The loss capped a 4-9 stretch for Portland. But since then, the Blazers have won nine of their final 10 games and wrapped up the regular season with a five-game winning streak. It's that rebound that gives coach Terry Stotts confidence for the playoffs. "In this league, you're going to have rough patches," he said. "It's how you get through them. I was proud of the way we've fought through rough times ... I thought that it showed our mettle and you need that going into the playoffs.

  • Cavaliers enter an interesting offseason

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kyrie Irving was already wearing his jacket and a Louis Vuitton backpack as he conducted his final postgame interview. He seemed in a rush, which was understandable. He wasn't going to the playoffs. Once Irving finished answering questions, Cleveland's All-Star point guard quickly left the locker room. His third NBA season — one filled with highs, lows and ultimately disappointment — was finally over. The postseason remained out of reach for Irving and the Cavs, who had a turbulent six months together. Their offseason could be as choppy.

  • Hannover wins 3-2 at Frankfurt in Bundesliga

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    BERLIN (AP) — Hannover boosted its chances of avoiding Bundesliga relegation by holding on for a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. "It's not done, but it's a huge step," Hannover general manager Dirk Dufner said. Poor defending allowed the visitors to score in the second minute, when Leon Andreasen's header from Christian Pander's cross sent the ball inside the far post. Martin Lanig equalized from close range 11 minutes later, but Lars Stindl restored Hannover's lead in the 20th, when Pander again provided the cross. Didier Ya Konan made it 3-1 nine minutes later after some good play from Andreasen. Andreasen hit the post and Szabolcs Huszti struck the crossbar early in the second half as Hannov

  • Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and hosting John Wall and the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday after going 48-34. They lead the Eastern Conference with 36 wins since Jan. 1 even though they don't have a player averaging 15 points, and they came together right when they looked as though they might be ripe for a meltdown. That's not bad considering Derrick Rose's derailed comeback and the trade of Luol Deng to Cleveland. But it wasn't quite the leap that the Bulls envisioned

  • Wood's tosses CG but Braves lose 1-0 to Phillies

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After his first career complete game, Alex Wood was upset with his performance at the plate. Ben Revere's RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon. A.J. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to outpitch Wood (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier. Wood became the 10th Braves starter in the first 15 games this year to allow one run or none. The lefty gave up eight hits and fanned seven, going the distance for the first time in 15 career starts. But Wood failed to execute a sacrifice bunt with a runner on second and no outs in the eighth.

  • Revere's RBI single lifts Phillies over Braves 1-0

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J. Burnett's injury helped him improve his pitching. Burnett tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, Ben Revere hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Thursday afternoon. In his first start since learning he'll need surgery for an inguinal hernia, Burnett struck out five to outpitch Alex Wood (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat Cliff Lee 1-0 less than 24 hours earlier. "It's going to be a blessing in disguise," Burnett said of the injury. "It helped me stay within myself, be simple, nice and easy." Burnett received a cortisone injection on Monday and the right-hander plans to wait until the offseason to have an operati